As far as I’m concerned, Alexis Bednyak has mastered the world of interior design. And if you’re not quite convinced, one peek at her incredible home and I’m certain you’ll be a convert. It’s bright, it’s light, and it’s the perfect place to raise a growing family. With lovely photos from the talented Alyssa Rosenheck Photography, there’s more to be found in the gallery!
From Alexis… My master bedroom is my oasis, so I put a ton of thought into this space. I wanted a light and tailored room that was a calming and comfortable space to spend time in. It is one of my favorite spaces in my home.
Brass is making a massive comeback and I am its biggest fan. I fell in love with the bedside lamps at one of my favorite vintage haunts in Chicago and they immediately made their home as the focal point in this space. It was these pieces that were the catalyst for a brass, black and white décor. From crisp white linens against a black headboard to a grey-washed wood bench above the soft and creamy area rug and my black trimmed white valances, for me this room was all about accentuating the black and white contrast.
It’s evident in a lot of my design, but I love geometrics. Luckily, I found a few areas in which to incorporate them into the bedroom without it being too overwhelming. Obsessed with the overhead pendant and its burnished look worked perfectly tying my color scheme together and the greek key play in the custom nightstands is a modern and fun touch as well. Everyone who sees this space says it reminds them of a luxury suite at a hotel and that was very much my goal. The only thing we are missing is room service!
As an interior designer who happens to love to cook, the kitchen was a special project in and of itself. I wanted a clean aesthetic with some design impact, but the challenge was making sure it made sense functionally as well. We had inherited a smart layout from the previous homeowners, so it was a matter of making the space our own with some small tweaks to appliance location, island sizing and color scheme.
We updated the cabinetry to a clean, timeless white and decided to rebuild the island base and take it to a dark grey to really make the granite selection pop. The large, unobstructed island top provides an opportunity to prep for Thanksgiving dinner for twenty or even host a fabulous brunch buffet. The open shelving on the end of the island is ideal for the kids so they have easy access to bowls for their morning cereal.
At the suggestion of my architect, we also added a coffee bar to the space. It not only provides a location for our various coffee and espresso machines, but the upper shelving also doubles as an area to display our Missoni china collection. Quite possibly my favorite feature in the new kitchen.
My architect and I were really set on opening up the space over the cooktop. After removing some upper cabinets that flanked an old wooden hood, I set out to find a statement backsplash tile. We ended up locking into a field tile from Waterworks. The large backsplash expanse ends up being the wow factor in this space and it really shows off the stunning grey, hand painted tiles. The addition of a custom stainless steel hood with some polished detail also really compliments the area.
There were no design boundaries for the dining room. It was the one space in the house I could have complete license to have fun. It was as simple as finding the rad chevron-designed wallcovering that inspired what was to come for this room. The soft teal and gold combo of this paper was out of my usual color comfort zone, but it totally works in the space. It’s soft and soothing and under the light of the mod brass chandeliers we installed provides an amazing room to entertain and enjoy a meal with friends.
It was important for me to never have a room in my home that wasn’t family friendly or that was “hands off” so the dining room continues to encompass that livable vibe I’ve tried to convey elsewhere in the house. I did a simple slipcovered dining chair and a distressed wooden dining table both of which we aren’t afraid to have a meal or one hundred on. I found a phenomenal, vintage sideboard that I had refurbished in a great medium grey paint with its original brass hardware – it’s like it was built for this space.
I know – call me crazy, but when I found out my second child was going to be another girl I immediately knew I wanted to go out of the normal girls color palette and try to do a blue nursery.Everyone doubted me until I stumbled upon the drapery fabric. It was MADE for me. It is youthful and fun without being frilly. It also incorporated this teal and coral that ended up making for a fun and unexpected color scheme in the room.
I was trying to go for an understated wall treatment in this space since my other daughter’s room was pattern heavy, so I had my painter do a tone on tone, horizontal, wide-stripe. It’s subtle but makes a HUGE impact in the room.
We upholstered the sides of the crib and the canopy with some amazing coordinating fabrics for an added touch. With some sketches we framed from one of my favorite Etsy artists and the requisite adorable kids rocker, the space ends up being so cheery and sweet and is undoubtedly her favorite place to spend time.
I love green — any and every shade – but emerald green is my most favorite of all. When I walked into the Chicago Lee Jofa showroom a few years back and spotted a emerald green trellis wall covering in one of their vignettes, I knew it would make a fantastic backdrop in my daughter’s “big girl room” one day. Fast forward to today and it is by far the cutest detail of her bedroom.
I found a vintage pine armoire that I refurbished by painting it in the same green hue found in the wallpaper and lined its interior with the paper so when it is open, it becomes a gorgeous furniture piece and when it’s closed it hides the mess. She stores everything in it from toys to picture frames to her library of children’s books.
We sourced a few great fabrics that helped build her palette to include lavender, fuchsia, and grey and helped to build an adorable set of decorative pillows on her iron canopy bed.
Rounding out the room, we found a wonderful campaign style vanity that she will use as a desk and nightstand in the future and accessorized her room with fun finds from Etsy and even some custom artwork featuring a baby romper she wore that I cherish. The bedroom is refreshing, playful and happy just like she is. A space she will definitely be able to grow into for years to come.
I’m an accessory nut. I think accessorizing may be the most important element in a home – to collect and display artwork and items that are most special to you. I love it when a home is layered and lived in – curated in a way that reflects your personal style to all who enter.
If I am not immersed in a project, I am usually on the hunt. You will most likely find me at an estate or yard sale digging for my next fabulous item to display in my clients spaces or in my own.
In my home you’ll see color-coordinated cocktail table books, family photos, items from our world travels or artwork of my daughters’ on display. My favorite thing is when someone asks: Where is this from? Everything should have a story.
My all-time favorite piece in my house, which was also a fun do-it -yourself project, was photo of my grandparents that was taken in Las Vegas in 1948. It came from a teeny, tiny photo booth photo strip. I took it to a photo restoration place that enlarged it to its best quality and then took it to a printer to blow it up to poster size. Now framed, it now rests beautifully on the console on my second floor landing for everyone to admire.
Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Flowers: Whole Foods Market | Confetti Balloon: Shop Sweet Lulu | Dolls: Miniboheme | Girls Dresses: J Crew Crew Cuts | Girls Dresses: Stella McCartney Kids | Heart Shaped Framed Sweater: J Crew Crew Cuts | Interior Designer: Alexis Bednyak Design | Pretty Paper Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu | Stylist: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Wall Dot Decals: Oh Joy Target
Bed: Pottery Barn Reupholstered in Custom Fabric | Bed Linens: Frette | Nightstands: Custom by Future Heirlooms | Shams: Custom with JAB Anostoetz Fabric | Bench: Lulu and Georgia | Throw: Hermes Avalon | Pendant: Visual Comfort Morris Lantern | Rug: Stark Carpets | Cornice and Draperies: Custom by Spruce Interiors | Prints: Vintage – Estate Sale | Lamps: Vintage – The Find City | Bronze Nesting Tables: Arteriors | Paint Colors: Sherwin-Williams Westhighland White with Benjamin Moore Black Satin Impervo Finish on Trim
Backsplash Tile: Waterworks Architectonics Chinoserie Field Tile | Pendant Lights: Visual Comfort Goodman Hanging Lamp | Hood: Custom Stainless Steel by Avenue Metal | Countertops: Super White Granite | Cabinet Paint: Custom White | Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Light Pewter | Island Paint: Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray | Appliances: Thermador + SubZero | Faucet: Kohler
Wallcovering: Schumacher Kasari Ikat | Chandeliers: Visual Comfort Ziyi Chandeliers | Dining Table: Hickory Chair | Dining Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Credenza: Vintage – Revision Chicago | Lamp: Vintage – Estate Sale | Accessories: Ginger Jars from Anna’s Consignment, Brass Birds and Brass + Cut Glass Coaster Holder were my Grandmother’s | Mirror: Wisteria
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Atrium White Flat + Semigloss for Tone on Tone Stripes | Prints: Gingiber | Rocker: Land of Nod | Carpet: Stark Carpets | Valance: Custom by Spruce Interiors in Schumacher Fabric | Pillow: Jonathan Adler | Crib: Duduc NYC | Crib Canopy: Schumacher Fabric | Nursery Bath Wallcovering: Clarke and Clarke Globetrotter | Toadstool: Schumacher Fabrics | Doll: Mini Boheme
LITTLER GIRLS’ ROOM:
Wallcovering: Cole & Sons Stone Trellis | Canopy Bed: Restoration Hardware Kids | Custom Bedding: Pillows in Pindler and Kravet Fabrics, Samuel and Sons Trim | Vintage Armoire Refinished in Benjamin Moore Cat’s Eye | Campaign Style Vanity and Stool: Craigslist Find | Lamp: Crate and Barrel | Doll and Bunny Pillow: Mini Boheme
Silver Studded Mirror: Class Remix Chicago | Blue and White China: Etsy, eBay, Craigslist | Console: Salvation Army Furniture Store Find! | Wooden Hand: The Find City | Geode: Hand-Cracked on a recent vacation with my husband to Jackson, WY | Oversized Print: Blown-up photo booth photo of my grandparents in Vegas; Wedding photo of my in-laws in Ukraine; yellow print is a vintage find from Edgewater Antique Mall | Console: Custom by Future Heirlooms | Sofa: Design within Reach | Print: Gray Malin | Cocktail Table: Custom by Future Heirlooms | Ottomans: Thom Filicia Covered in Baby Blue Velvet from Textile Discount Outlet in Chicago | Horsebit: Hermes | Coffeetable Books: Various Fashion, Decor and Travel Books especially of Africa where my husband and I honeymooned